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Many of the charge sheets accuse the suspects of having helped Israel identify targets during its devastating 2006 war with Shiite militant Hezbollah.

Five Lebanese have been sentenced to death for spying for the Mossad.

Lebanon and Israel remain technically in a state of war, and convicted spies face life in prison with hard labor or the death penalty if found guilty of contributing to Lebanese loss of life.


Import cuts urged as response to sanctions

TEHRAN | Iran’s central bank governor is calling for a cut in imports to boost domestic production as the country grapples with tougher international sanctions over its nuclear program.

Four rounds of U.N. Security Council sanctions and separate penalties imposed by the United States and its European allies have hit Iran’s economy as the country battles inflation and unemployment but have failed to persuade the country to halt a key part of its nuclear program.

Mahmoud Bahmani, governor of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said the nation should limit imports to “necessary goods” to help lift domestic production and reduce the amount of hard currency exiting the country, the state-run daily newspaper Iran reported Tuesday.

“Imports should be reduced,” Mr. Bahmani was quoted as saying. “In other words, we should not allow the import of every sort of product.”


U.N. presses Israel on nuke transparency

JERUSALEM | The chief of the U.N. atomic watchdog held talks with Israeli officials Tuesday in what was expected to be an effort to push the country to open its secretive nuclear program to international scrutiny.

Yukiya Amano made a low-profile visit to Israel ahead of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s September board meeting and general conference. Israel likely will be a central topic at the meeting, at which Arab countries are expected to continue to push for more scrutiny of Israel’s nuclear capabilities.

Israel refuses to confirm that it possesses a nuclear arsenal under a long-standing policy it terms “nuclear ambiguity.” But it is widely considered to be the Middle East’s only nuclear power.

During the two-day visit, Mr. Amano was scheduled to hold talks with Cabinet ministers in charge of atomic energy and strategic affairs, as well as with President Shimon Peres, Israeli officials said.

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